Kanitta began her role as director of operations in 2020, after previously serving as director of surgical services and materials management at St. Francis. Kanitta oversees surgical services, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, sleep center, cardiac rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging and environmental services, and advises on materials management, nutrition services and the hospital's laboratory. Prior to joining St. Francis, Kanitta worked at various healthcare organizations in the Twin Cities and Chicago area and has more than 20 years of leadership experience. She holds a B.A. in industrial and organizational psychology from Southern Illinois University, a B.S. in nursing from St. Catherine University, and an MBA with a healthcare focus from the University of St. Thomas. She is a certified in executive nursing practice and public health. She is active in her community as a community board member of the River Valley YMCA, a volunteer coordinator for Fare for All (a program of the food group), a member of The Academies of Shakopee Steering Committee and a volunteer member of the Saints Foundation. Kanitta lives in Burnsville with her husband, daughter and two dogs. They enjoy cooking and attending local theatre.